The California stewards informed Charles Fipke, owner of Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Forever Unbridled, that he will have to pay the jockeys John Velazquez and Joel Rosario the same fee based on how much money the mare earns in Friday's $2 million race.
On Monday, at entry time but before post positions were drawn later that afternoon, Fipke replaced Rosario with Velazquez. Rosario had ridden Forever Unbridled in her last six starts, including victories this year in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs and the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga.
Ron Anderson, the agent for Rosario, told the stewards he had a call with Dallas Stewart, the trainer of Forever Unbridled, for the Distaff. The stewards spoke to Stewart, who confirmed that was the case. Velazquez, until Monday, did not have a mount in the race.
In instructing Fipke to pay a double jocks fee, the stewards -- Grant Baker, Scott Chaney and Kim Sawyer _ cited California Horse Racing Rule 1791, which states "conflict claims for the service of a jockey shall be decided by the stewards."
Jockeys make 10-percent of purse money earned for finishing first, second or third. Beyond that, a jockey receives a $150 losing mount fee, according to the stewards.